New York Rangers will cheer on Whale & Riveters in upcoming NWHL season.

W Hockey Partners announced today that the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League will have 25 “fan faces” in the crowd for all Connecticut Whale and Metropolitan Riveters games during the NWHL 2021 season in Lake Placid.

New York Rangers will root for the Metropolitan Riveters and Connecticut Whale during the 2021 NWHL season. Photo courtesy of NWHL

The W Hockey Partners press release reads:

In a display of support for the Connecticut Whale and the Metropolitan Riveters of the NWHL, the New York Rangers have arranged to have 25 “Fan Faces” featuring every member of their roster when the Whale and Riveters compete in the upcoming “bubble” NWHL season in Lake Placid.

Original NWHL player and Whale captain Shannon Doyle, who has led several Junior Rangers clinics over the last two years, said, “When we’re competing for the Isobel Cup, seeing the faces of all the Rangers players in the stands at Herb Brooks Arena will have us fired up.”

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“This is an extraordinary gesture by the New York Rangers,” added Riveters veteran forward Rebecca Russo. “As an organization, one of the Rangers’ goals every year is to continue to grow the game of hockey at every level and for everyone,” said David Hopkinson, EVP Business Operations, MSG Sports. “Any time we have a chance to make that happen, whether it is through creating access, opportunities or generating exposure for this great game, we want to be involved.”

Added Connecticut general manager Amy Scheer, “The New York Rangers have always been genuine advocates of hockey as a game for everyone. We appreciate their leadership and what they’ve done to cheer on our Connecticut Whale and the rest of the women in Lake Placid.”

Whale & Riveters Fan Faces are available to order until Jan. 15 at

Here is how fans are reacting to the news:

The Rangers have partnered with the NWHL over the years and perhaps there will be more crossover (I LOVE a strong crossover) in the near future.

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